SAC Seminar - Warrick Ball: Correcting stellar oscillations for near-surface effects
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Speaker: Warrick Ball, Institut für Astrophysik Göttingen
Oscillation frequencies of stellar models are known to show systematic differences with observations, owing to poor modelling of the near-surface layers. These deviations prevent the exploitation of accurate space-based results from Kepler and CoRoT. In this talk, I will present results from investigations of three methods for correcting the frequencies. I first briefly discuss our attempts to fit stellar models to three-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic simulations of the near-surface layers. I then examine a recently-proposed Bayesian method and show that it is potentially heavily biased. Finally, I present a new, theoretically- motivated parametrization of the surface effect that fits the known differences between observed and modelled solar frequencies better than the current commonly-used power law. I show early (and successful) tests for bias, and preliminary results for fits to a real star, HD 52265.